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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 329
Gots: 491 | FT: 53
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle poured into small glasses at the Hulmeville Inn.

Deliverance had a slight pop with the cork out, the liquid was a dark brown bordering on black color. Some dark tan bubbles even came up about a few centimeters and stayed, Bravo! Small notches that eventually let go. Smell is a tamer version of the bourbon barrel AS IMO, I still get alot of bourbon notes, less brandy and some roast from the serpent's. Oak and molasses. Very smelly. Taste is nice and the carb really adds a punch to this as well, Im use to flat bottles that go nowhere. Bourbon blended with roast and a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some vanilla clashing with faint brandy and some oak to round it all out. A dark tasty beer that is big. Feel is above medium with some faint but needed carb, LA keep it up. While I could not drink a ton of this, I enjoyed the 6oz's or so.

01-17-2011 03:49:25 | More by BARFLYB
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Lakes

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance
Black with excellent head
Aroma
Strong dark malts and bourbon aging. Heady alcohol. Molasses & oak.
Taste
Big roasted bourbon malty goodness. Wood and leather softened by caramel and hints of anise. Very complex and slightly boisterous. This may need a year to calm down but it's very good right now. I'd imagine a year from now it will be mind blowing.
Mouthfeel is full and warming up front but seems to wane a bit early.
Drinkability is excellent. I had it room temp and highly recommend it served that way.

01-11-2011 18:04:49 | More by Lakes
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

375ml, thanks to Phelps in the Blind Beer BIF III. Poured into Newport Storm tulip glass. Reviewed blind, and compared to an 09 AS brandy.

A- Nice brown/black pour with a 1cm head that is pretty to look at. Darker than the AS 09 Brandy.

S- Sweet caramel and vanilla... def. bourbon. Doesn't have the same dark fruit notes that I got in the 2009 Angel's Share brandy.

T- Big barrel notes, bourbon for sure. Dark fruit, but much more emphasis on a nice malty roast, on the bourbon, and on the bourbon atributes (vanilla, caramel, oakiness). Rich, potent, powerful flavors. What barrels did they use? They are fantastic!

M- Perfect carbonation. Leaps and bounds above the AS 09 brandy. Great.

D- Fairly high- a joy to drink. Warming, boozy, and absolutely fantastic flavors. High marks here.

01-04-2011 15:15:32 | More by ShogoKawada
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strtndrbeerlover

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

this is honestly one of the best beers i have enjoyed this year...its like chocolate milk for adults..creamy rich heady sweet alcoholic deliciousness...port brewing does some amazing things with their the lost abbey collection and i cant get enough..keep em coming

01-02-2011 17:33:29 | More by strtndrbeerlover
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev 0%

375ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. Head is a quarter inch and mocha-colored and disperses almost immediately, forming a soapy skim across the surface and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass, with tiny raindrops of lacing cascading below. A big malty nose immediately reveals barrel aging reminiscent of Bourbon Angel's Share. A trace of booze follows, as well as brown sugar and perhaps licorice and a hint of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant buttery quality reveals itself as well as maple syrup - there's definitely some vanilla going on in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some alcohol heat hits up front and gradually dissipates towards the finish. Carbonation is mild and balanced and evenly distributed from start to finish. This is a wonderful beer. I think I prefer Bourbon Angel's Share to Deliverance, but not by much. Quite a treat despite the $16.99 price tag. I think I'll definitely need to pick up another bottle to put a couple years on. I recommend picking this one up before it's gone.

01-02-2011 03:05:48 | More by Jwale73
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks for this one belong to Boatshoes and Prufrock. They each surprised me with a bottle of this. One I popped now, the other will be waiting for at least a year.

Poured into my new Jackie O's snifter, courtesy of Normyk.

A- Very little head, that, paired with low pressure behind the cork and all the flaming of LA for flat beers (I know that doesnt necessarily apply to this beer) gives me an initial fear of having a flat bottle. All's well, this is just a thick beer that gives any carbonation a hard time. A strong ring remains which is responsible for half-hearted lacing.

S- Bourbon barrels are very strong in the aroma. A nice level of vanilla-sweetened char builds the bulk of the nose. A big vinous element also plays into it. Im assuming this is the brandy showing up. It brings anise, berries and fortified wine. Alcohol is a pretty big part of the aroma.

T- Oooh. This is pretty damn good. Bourbon oak is even more dominant in the flavor. Lots of vanilla, bourbon soaked berries, anise. The blend of smooth, creamy bourbon and sweet, fruity vinous elements is very nice. The finish tastes quite wine-like with a big swath of alcohol warmth.

M- Carbonation is mega low. Especially after letting this sit a while to warm and a lot of swirling. Its full bodied and clings to the tongue. Its fairly warm but not oppressive. It really makes for a perfect evening sipper.

D- I really like this. I cant wait to see what it becomes after a while. I can only hope some alcohol calms down. That would help bump a few categories up a notch.

01-02-2011 00:21:16 | More by MbpBugeye
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.Caramel and chocolate, fruit and a tangy edge aids above average mouthfeel.

01-01-2011 23:52:46 | More by Sammy
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Appears a near black with a thick, off white head that slowly fades into a chunky cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel, vanilla, and a hot brandy flavor that just seems a tad odd with a hint of astringency. Complex but a bit clustered.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, warming, creamy, and a tad thin in the finish.
Not bad but certainly not my favorite Lost Abbey beer.

12-29-2010 02:57:06 | More by weeare138
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Review from notes taken on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that nears black in color. A tan head forms about a finger strong and recedes fairly fast leaving spotty lace around the glass and just a thin film of bubbles across the top.

This brew smells of vanilla sweetness, dark molasses, candied plums and raisins. A bold presence of alcohol and almost a grassy earthy component along with an overall oaky woodsiness fills the nose with a very pleasant scent.

The taste of this brew includes a bold amount of astringent alcohol that is fueled by an accent of bourbon and brandy. A flavor of dark malt lingers with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate and caramel with a faint lingering taste of vanilla. A fruity note exists almost like raisins with a bold sense of alcohol that rises up through the back of the throat and tingles the back of the nose.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a decent sipper that comes across with a creamy smooth feel. This needs some time to mellow out a bit. All the enjoyable flavors and aromas are there to make this super enjoyable right now, but a little bit of mellowing out and melding will do wonders for this brew.

12-27-2010 00:40:10 | More by stakem
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Got this beer as an AWESOME extra from johndoe8. Thanks Rich! This is my Christmas Day beer and man its tasty. Pretty black with deep mahagony highlights and a really thin tan ring. Even with a hard, hard pour not much head was apparent. Aroma is of vanilla, raisins, and assorted dried fruit. Brandy is more clear to me then bourbon, but I get both. It even smells a bit like booze. The flavor follows much from the nose. Lots of dried fruit flavors, vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Some less strong flavors of roasted malts and chocolate are clear but secondary. However they do add a nice complexity to the beer. Slick mouthfeel, low carb, expected and appropriate. Easy to drink, though clearly strong.

12-26-2010 02:12:06 | More by pmlondrigan
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a deep dark murky brown with a small cocoa brown colored head.

Smell is rich and sweet with a hint of bourbon. The smell is off syrup and molasses, really nice.

Taste is very rich, tons of robust flavors come through. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate with some vanilla oakiness.

Mouthfeel is really thick and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Good beer, tastes like a much sweeter version of Bourbon County Stout.

12-25-2010 02:32:12 | More by pmccallum86
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Neat art, corny story on the back. Corked and caged 375ml. Deliver me from a drainpour earlier tonight.... Into a 2009 Darkness snifter.

Pours dark, bubbly light brown cola type carbonation. fizzles away quickly, but enough carbonation with swirls of the glass.

Smells are predictable. Sweet wood, some bourbon, brown sugar. Milk chocolate there too. Smells like a barrel aged beer.

Tastes like a barrel aged beer. A straightforward one that's pretty good. I tried to buy into the blended hype, 2 beers complexifying everything, etc. but I wasn't feeling it. It's just a solid barrel aged strong ale/stout that tastes like Older viscosity, Angels share, etc.

I like the thinner mouthfeel. It's not syrupy or thick. Alcohol is in check, early reviews be damned. (it's been a few months now)

This beer isn't blazing any new trails. I liked older viscosity better, fwiw.

And the price...

12-24-2010 02:13:13 | More by caskstrength
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therobot

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

From notes, tasted Dec. 3

A. Dark with a rich cream colored head. There is a sliver of ruby at the edges otherwise completely black. Minimal lacing.

S. Highly appealing nose, starts a little boozy but quickly gives way to a bouquet of fruits and finishes with a strong sweet wood.

T. Lives up to the nose 100%. Initial reaction: f*%@ing delicious. Starts a little boozy quickly replaced by dark fruit followed by oak-bourbon complexity and depth. Finishes with a little heat. The best parts of the beer linger for sometime for you to enjoy.

M. Thick. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue providing a pleasantly intense flavor experience. Spot on.

D. Only critique is that it is coming in a little hot. Seems with some age this will quite possibly be the perfect beer(IMO).

Overall this is awesome, can't speak highly enough of this .

12-23-2010 15:38:20 | More by therobot
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

oh Lost Abbery...deliver me from a shitty night with a plumber!

375ml bottle, served in a 12oz tulip/snifter hybrid...the cork put up a hell of a fight

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is mostly black/dark brown, with some barely detectable ruby notes when held up to light.

S - dark fruits are abundant here, loads of figs, raisins, and plums. toffee-like sweetness joined by some milk chocolate, before turning into some boozy bourbon, rum, and oak.

T - begins with some lightly bitter, charred roasty malts. sweetness kicks in right away, bringing toffee, molasses, chocolate, and raisins. vanilla creeps in, alongside some bourbon and wood. lingering coffee, fruits, and alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, with actually (way to go Tomme) a nice and pleasant level of carbonation. sticky, somewhat dry finish...bordering astringent from the sweetness and wood. alcohol burn attempts to clean it all up but is no match.

D - good? yes. great? eh, maybe. worth the price? depends where you get it. a local store has this exact bottle for $37. outrageous. that aside, it goes down fairly easy for its high ABV, and has enough solid flavors to keep it interesting.

12-19-2010 07:13:36 | More by Stigs
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80's trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, I'm liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.

Overall, this is really good and I'm surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasn't as nearly as impressed.

12-16-2010 03:03:47 | More by jrallen34
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of.

12-15-2010 17:37:27 | More by Slatetank
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GregSVT

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -19.8%

375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with dark ruby highlights and a vigorus pour barely yielded the smallest head and it quickly faded to a ring with a tiny bit of lacing. When I pulled the cork out there was no pop or anything and given Lost Abbey's reputation I wasn't that surprised.

S: The nose is very boozy, so much so it's pretty overpowering and distracting. I can pick out some dark chocolate, brandy soaked plumbs, and other dark fruits.

T: The taste is pretty good though which was a relief. Very complex with flavors of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth but slightly thin...it does coat the mouth pretty well though. Carbonation is barely detectable in the feel.

D: Hard to be excited about this one given the carbonation issues and the odd aromas. It is tasty but until they fix their carbonation issues I won't be recommending their beers.

12-15-2010 03:21:42 | More by GregSVT
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teamizm

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured into a RRBC tulip

A - deep amber with a little bit of head. Decent lacing.

S - vanilla, brandy, oak, and lots and lots of chocolate (serpent stout really comes through).

T - Brandy, sugar malts, vanilla, chocolate. It has an alcohol burn and its fairly sweet.

M - decent. Not too complex, and has a bit of a burn on the tongue, but not as complex as it could be.

D - its a big beer, so its a sipper.

Overall, good beer, but not great. In comparison to the other beers we had that day, it seemed fairly middle of the road. I'd get this beer on tap, but not sure buying a bottle was a wise decision. Oh well

12-14-2010 05:20:02 | More by teamizm
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a tulip. Damn near black body on this thick oily looking brew with shimmers of brown barely penetrating through the light. A respectable dark mocha colored head sits atop this one. At about an inch thick I'm down right impressed with the high gravity of this beer. After about ten minutes of staring at it I'm still left with a nice layer of creamy foam on top of a big dark body. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic. Rich aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, and bourbon. The bourbon is integrated into this beer nicely, it gives nice rich caramel/bourbon kick to the nose with only leaving behind a little bit of heat. Damn near perfect aroma as far as I'm concerned. Richness through and through on this. Flavors of toffee and caramel. Chocolate, raisins and spot on bourbon coat the tongue being just slightly hot on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and silky with just a bit of heat. Simply a pleasure to put in my mouth. The biggest flaw on this one, and with big beers in general is they are hot a boozy. But that's not a concern with this one for me. I'm happy to nurse this one for another hour or so.

12-14-2010 03:38:05 | More by Bendurgin
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codewarrior

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Tulip.

This was my contribution to my friend T's tasting. Thankfully it stood up to some of the massive brews he pulled out.

L: Pours a thick black with a wispy touch at cream-foam head. For how thick it is, I expected yet thicker.

S: Massively malt forward with the Angel's Share right up front, overtaken by a mealy stout middle, overtaken by bourbon wonderfulness. The 3 flavors fade wonderfully together, into a malty, boozy, mealy finish. Great balance for how much is going on here. Never turns into the mess i expected.

T: Blend is more horizontal in the mouth than the nose, the 3-components rise up as one into a wonderfully over-powering middle. After that the malt drops out in favor of a bourbon-y stout wonderfulness. Perfection, for all it's overwhelming magnificence.

F: Thick, but not thick enough. Effervescent carbonation is perfect and makes the beer seem almost light. Still, I'm looking for some pretty massive (read: Cafe Royale) type viscosity here.

D: More please. Surprisingly drinkable for a sipper.

12-13-2010 09:42:59 | More by codewarrior
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Very dark with a light mocha colored head. No real lacing

S- Smells boozy and bourbony. notes of chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some caramel and dark fruit.

T- Nice and smooth, tastes primarily like chocolate. The bourbon and coffee notes come in through the aftertaste. Creamy with some date type flavor. Some smokiness/oakiness too.

M- Very nice and smooth intially, but warms up. The aftertaste is strong and boozy.

D- Pretty drinkable, but needs some more time to mellow out. It's getting there, and has the makings of a great beer in the future.

-Gfunk

12-13-2010 00:43:20 | More by Gfunk720
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3%

I think I got lucky and hit Julio's as a couple of these hit the shelf. The combination sounds fantastic to me.

Pours with a light brown two finger head that fairly quickly drops to an 1/8th in cap of foam. Can't see any light through this beer, which is a bit surprising. I am in low light so I can't really discern between brown and black here, but I am guessing more brown.

Aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla. A light sweetness and almost a light sense of chocolate in the background. More bourbon coming through.

Very nice beer. More molasses flavor vs. what I perceived as brown sugar in the aroma. A moment of mustiness, but this gives way to a nice sweet vanilla flavor. You definitely detect a higher abv here, but the sweetness and vanilla flavor plays nicely with these notes. I think I am getting bourbon up front and the brandy notes in the rear. The sweetness is consistent through and through. Wish there was a touch more dark roasted note from the stout side of the blend. But still really like this.

Lighter body than the flavor lets on. A touch of alcohol in the nose as you keep this in your mouth. Just a tingle of carbonation in your tongue.

I really like this and it's just outside of being a classic.

12-12-2010 22:37:02 | More by Reagan1984
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to domtonzero and irishgurl4 for both sending me one of these.

A - Black body with a small tan had resting on top.

S - This smells a bit hot. Big alcohol notes provided by the bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Smells pretty sweet. Really you can't ask for a much better barrel aged aroma from a beer like this.

T - Real sweet. The brandy and bourbon notes are definitely present though I'm not picking up any imperial stout notes. Honestly while the barrel aging is at the for front of this beer I don't get that sickening alcohol taste that makes me want to reach for another drink.

M - pretty heavy body, a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy

D - Honestly pretty drinkable considering he ABV and what went into this beer. At this point I think the barrels provide nice flavors without giving a sickening alcohol taste. I'm a big fan of this and can't wait to see how this develops over time. While this one is a bit pricey I think it is worth trying for sure.

12-09-2010 02:33:44 | More by jpmclaug
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

375 from Brewforia a month or two back ... I am finally home after pulling a double, and want one beer.... let's make it a doozie and one I haven't reviewed before. I know that I've had this a couple times with Inflatablechair, buckeyeboy, and SAS, but this is the first time, I've sat down and taken some quality time.

a dark tan head drops very quickly... okay lacing.. the brew is black.

Nose is thick.. boozy tootsie rolls.. alot of EtOH... complex caramel and cocoa... bourbon and toffee... brandy seems very heavy for my liking... I am digging it for sure, but am worried the alcohol is gonna dissolve the crystal.

Flavor is a huge alcohol bomb.. granted a very complex alcohol bomb, but it is distracting for me... palate coating bourbon spiked chocolate comes out first... good vanilla and instead of cocoa, it almost seems hershey syrup/brownie has a showing.. a bit of woody tannin mid palate quickly gives way to a caramel and brandy bonbon... some charred oak with warmth.. a huge mash-up of flavors on every sip is disconnected and charming at the same time. Really like it, though it can be better... I really hope some time in the bottle will help incorporate the heavy booze notes.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

Edit: Being in Idaho, I feel lucky to have a few bottles of this in the cellar, but I guarantee, I will not touch one until 2012.

12-08-2010 10:15:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with a short tan head that soon lapses into a collar around the glass; decent lacing.

outstanding, aromatic nose is replete with bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts; caramel or perhaps toffee; also picking up on a subtle note of vanilla. smells deliciously complex.

i get the brandy a little more in the flavor, with the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling through in fine form... bit of a molasses presence... very interesting brew; unique and tasty... not quite as delicious as the nose led me to believe, but close. very close. big boozy kick to the finish, unsurpising given the 12.5% ABV on this bad boy. yum.

full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. the quintessential sipper - one is most certainly enough per sitting (even if it wasn't so costly).

12-06-2010 02:33:03 | More by perrymarcus
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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